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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Linda and Istvan Takacs

We have always loved art and photography, but the way that we started is kind of a funny story. We were hobby photographers (usually just taking pictures of our kids and dogs). We started a Facebook group (which grew extremely fast) where people can post services or look for service. Soon after, we started the group someone posted and was looking for a photographer for her products. Nobody offered so we offered to do it to help out. After that, people kept messaging us for photography sessions, so we then decided that we should just make it a family business. Read more>>

Brian Rich

I started as a Personal Trainer in 1999. My passion for fitness has always been a positive influence in my life and the career stuck. Over the last 20 years, I worked in most positions of health club management and club corporate management. The natural progression was to open up my own gym. NRich Fitness was created by Personal Trainers so all aspects of the gym layout are designed to get clients/members the very best results. All employees are Personal Trainers including the General Manager and Operations Manager. You have questions and/or need help? All employees can give you educated advice. Read more>>

Letty Long

Growing up, I always had a love for fashion. I guess you can say it started when I picked up my first copy of Vogue. I loved to mix and match outfits. Though as all stories end up these days, I fell into the societal norms of heading off to college, getting a job, getting married and starting a family. I found it hard to find the time to truly pursue what it was I loved and I fell into a routine. That is until this summer when my kids were old enough to spend time in pre-school/school and became a little more independent. I thought, nows my chance if I am going to take one and this summer I decided to start my blog and here I am. Read more>>

Noriko DeWitt

“You’d be a great art teacher!” That’s what my husband used to tell me when we first got together. I laughed, thinking he was joking since I had no art degree or professional art experience and had only done art as a hobby. Little did I know, that prediction would come true years later. I found my calling teaching colored pencil art. Here’s how it all began. In late 2014, I was looking for a part-time job. After getting back to art seriously in 2013, I naturally looked for something art-related like teaching children’s arts and crafts classes at a local art supply store but hesitated since I had no experience teaching. Read more>>

Mickey Eastin

My love of clothes started back in high school. While most girls loved shopping for new clothes I loved making my own. I never felt comfortable in what was available. Negative body image played a huge role in my comfort and I found that by creating my own clothing I had some control over how I felt. I continued making my own clothes well into adulthood and when my first two kiddos were born I made almost all of their clothes as well. After adding our third baby to our family in 2015, I no longer had time to dedicate to hand making clothes. Read more>>

Harlee Villegas

I wish I could say that I have always had a bleeding passion for photography… but that just isn’t the case. I did always have an interest in it and I took classes in high school and college but never really gave it a second thought as a career choice. I guess part of me just didn’t think I would be good at it By the time photography became more than just a past time, I had finished college, got married, started working in the corporate world and was expecting our first baby. Read more>>

Caraline and Stephen Roussos, Patricia Redmond

R&R Selections is a family owned and operated business. They started it with the idea that high quality, fine wines from Greece should be widely available in the U.S. market because they noticed that the best of Greek wines were scarce in Texas and therefore the average wine consumer was missing out on one of the world’s most ancient and enchanting wine regions and history. In 2015, the timing was right for us to launch a business and we agreed that bringing Greek wine to Texas was an exciting and interesting venture. Read more>>

Roseann Hager

After raising four kids, two away at college, I found I had more time on my hands. I had no desire to enter back into the workforce and wanted to still be available for my remaining two children at home. I’ve always enjoyed decorating and making things. With the help of YouTube, I’ve been able to build my skill set and learn how to use many types of tools and techniques. I love to get inspiration from pricey magazines and reproduce a piece with my spin on it. Read more>>

Andrew Wick

I am an artist and art teacher. I graduated from SMU in Dallas with a BFA degree in printmaking and drawing in 2003. I have always been obsessed with the craft of making art. In today’s world, becoming an artist is a seemingly risky venture. It really always has been. However, I suppose it depends on how one uses their creativity how risky that “venture” really is. Many of my fellow artist friends who have made a career in the arts have adapted in various ways and promoted their work through grants, residencies, and teaching. If one takes the risk of pursuing the arts, I think one has to stay true to their skillset and play it out to the best of their ability. Read more>>

Abby Joy

My journey began very early in life. My mom likes to joke that I came out of the womb performing, and she would know because I was born at home. I started singing at four years old and began performing on stage as soon as I could memorize lines. Some people find their calling later on in life, but I was born knowing. Music and acting have always been an equal love for me. I found my passion in film during my time at the Academy of Arts in Denver after performing in my first short film. Read more>>

Alondra Smith

I began practicing Yoga over six years ago to stay in physical shape. I would casually go from time to time with friends, I owned one mat and “Yoga Meltdown” by Jillian Michaels, both in which I would need to blow the dust off of just before using. In March of 2014, I found out that I was expecting! I was excited about my new bundle of joy; however, during this time, I found myself praying for a purpose. “I had to be sent here to do more than just work and pay bills,” I thought to myself. In July of that same year, I had a miscarriage. The miscarriage put me in a dark space: confused, embarrassed, no urge to leave my home, not returning phone calls or text. Read more>>

Amanda Fine

I’ve always been intrigued by art from day one, but always assumed that making a living as an ‘artist’ wasn’t very rational or likely. So, with that in mind, I just brushed the idea to the side and pursued other endeavors, keeping my art as an occasional hobby. I dabbled in many different styles and genres of art throughout my life, even going so far as to try my hand at graphic design my first semester at UNT. Read more>>

Damarys Ocasio

I started my journey in 2007 back on the island of Puerto Rico, freshly out of high school, I didn’t want to take a gap year before I went to college, so I decided to go to cosmetology school and 11 months after I graduated, then I went to culinary school trying to find what I was supposed to do in life. But I was always intrigued by the power of makeup and the abilities it has to make us feel so special and uplift our spirit. When I took my cosmetology course, they really didn’t offer an extensive makeup workshop, so everything I know today was basically trial and error and lots of hours of practice and watching videos online. Read more>>

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